Malawian soldier who was on peace-keeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) shot dead himself using a K2 rifle in the wee hours of Saturday, June 20, 2015, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.
Corporal Lyson Manda who was working at Kamuzu Barracks, is understood to have discharged his own weapon on the chest while in his bed.
Military officials are investigating the circumstances of the accident.
Spokesman for Malawi Defence Force (MDF) , Lieutenant Chimphwanya said “ it is with deep regret that the Malawi Defence Force has to confirm the death of Corporal Lyson Manda who shot himself dead in DRC.”
He said the army will come up with a statement regarding the death of Corporal Manda.
“ The cause of his action will be known by the yet-to-be instituted investigation which will be available to the public soon”, said Chimphwanya.
He said Manda’s death is “a tragic blow” to everyone in the military and offered most sincere condolences, to the other soldiers and to his family .
The deceased, Manda, 35 years old hailed from Kayuni village, Traditional Authority Kyungu in the northern district of Karonga.